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Information on the Velocity and Flow Pattern of Detroit River Water in Western Lake Erie Revealed by an Accidental Salt Spill

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dc.creator Kovacik, Thomas L. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-01T03:19:36Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-01T03:19:36Z
dc.date.issued 1972-03 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Ohio Journal of Science. v72 n2 (March, 1972), 81-86 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-0950 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/5677
dc.description Author Institution: Toledo Water Division, 600 Collins Park, Toledo, Ohio 43605 and Geology Department, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 en_US
dc.description.abstract On 2 December 1970, a dock of the Detroit Bulk Dock Inc., in Detroit, Michigan, gave way, spilling 20,000 tons of rock salt into the Rouge River, a tributary of the Detroit River. The rate and pattern of flow of the salt into the southern end of the western basin of Lake Erie were measured by monitoring the chloride content of Lake Erie water received at the Toledo Water Treatment Plant. On 10 December 1970, a salt-rich (35 ppm NaCl) water mass, having chloride concentrations twice the normal background, was detected at the Toledo Water Intake. This demonstrated clearly that Detroit River water does indeed move far into the southwestern basin of Lake Erie, a fact for which previous scientific support has been limited, and permitted a determination of the rate at which the water moves across the lake, at least at this time of year. After correcting for the time during which the salt mass was in the Rouge River and Detroit River, and the time required for the water to travel from the Intake to the Toledo treatment plant, the velocity of this salt-rich water mass across western Lake Erie, i.e. from the mouth of the Detroit River to the Toledo Water Intake, was calculated to be approximately 0.3 feet/second. en_US
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dc.title Information on the Velocity and Flow Pattern of Detroit River Water in Western Lake Erie Revealed by an Accidental Salt Spill en_US